Rosmarino in Sheffield – where the food is as heartwarming and delightful as the welcome

Run by a rather lovely couple, Lidia and Abdel, both with a background in the restaurant trade, Rosmarino opened back in April earlier this year as the newly-married duo and partners in life embarked on a new adventure together.
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It is apparent from the moment that you enter this new establishment that this is a place that has been built on the foundations of a love for good food… and family.

I had been patiently awaiting the opportunity to make my way to this fairly new addition to Sheffield’s extensive range of Italian restaurants. Sadly a family emergency put a temporary pause on my initial plans, but family must always come first and it’s that familial love that over the course of my time here was evident in every dish.

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When I arrived I was greeted by Lidia, who oversees the front of house and table service duties with a friendly and charming approach, while her other half, Abdel, maintains a steady yet skilled hand in the kitchen. The mood is instantaneously friendly and charming with a relaxed vibe. You really can’t help but feel at home as soon as you’re seated… it’s really chilled out and that’s a rather welcoming feeling.

The Crispy Calamari starter dish is served with a jalapeño and lime jam.The Crispy Calamari starter dish is served with a jalapeño and lime jam.
The Crispy Calamari starter dish is served with a jalapeño and lime jam.

To start things off, I ordered a glass of Pinot Grigio (white not rosé) and the Crispy Calamari. It was delicious, perfectly crispy and served alongside an amazing jalapeño and lime jam that delivers a wonderfully balanced combination of sweet with a warming hook. If I were to say I could have eaten more - I absolutely could have - you would know how I felt about it.

For the main dish, and after much deliberation between this or the Squid Ink Spaghetti, I settled on the Linguini Seafood… a stunning selection of seafood, mussels, calamari, clams, king prawns, tomatoes, fresh parsley, all served with spaghetti and an amazingly put together sauce with a perfectly delivered spicy kick that wasn’t overpowering but seemed to amplify all of the ingredients with a flavoursome depth I haven’t tasted since my last trip to Rome many a year ago.

I don’t think I’ve ever been in the position where I have wanted to make a toast after a meal, but this was such a delightful dish that I felt compelled to a raise a glass in silence… no words would suffice. It was simply a most exquisite dish. Bravo Abdel… my compliments to the chef without a doubt.

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To bring things to a close, for dessert I decided on the White Chocolate and Baileys Cheesecake, as with all their other desserts (and well, everything) this is homemade and it really is a sweet treat. Topped with powdered sugar, crumbled meringue (again, homemade) and blueberries, every single mouthful of the perfectly mouse-like topping complemented by the dark chocolate ganache was a joy. In short, I very much recommend it.

The Crispy Calamari is a highly recommended starter choice.The Crispy Calamari is a highly recommended starter choice.
The Crispy Calamari is a highly recommended starter choice.

A rather prominent American chef, Thomas Keller once said, “A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe”, Rosmarino is a testament to this perspective and Abdel delivers food for the soul with each mouthful.

In total everything came to £40.75, not exactly cheap but certainly not overly expensive either. Especially when you consider it was a three-course meal with perfectly balanced portions, expertly delivered with exceptional presentation and frankly glorious combination of flavours.

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In conclusion, when it comes to great food, cracking service and that all important value for money, Rosmarino is definitely time and money well spent. It’s safe to say that I shall be returning without hesitation.

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